Professional Voice Talent, Amateur Actor and Knitter

Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat…

The Man Who Came to Dinner has finished. I got lots of compliments on my character, and lots of “it took me a second to realize that was you when you came on stage” type comments. During the course of MWCtD my friend Tredessa applied for and got the directorship of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, which is the next show coming up. I hadn’t been particularly interested in auditioning for that show (I find Tennessee Williams terribly depressing), but I enjoy working with T, so I checked to see if they had a stage manager for it yet. They didn’t, so I signed up for the job. We’ve had auditions, but rehearsals don’t really get started until the New Year, so there’ll be a bit of a break. As much as I enjoy doing stuff at the Civic, it’s nice to know that, for this gig, I actually do get paid a small stipend (yay, crew!).

I’m heading off to CA on Friday to spend Christmas with mum and Paul’s family. I just learned that Alondra’s sister and her two sons will also be there during that time. That is going to be one crowded house. I think I may be asking to go to work with mum more often than I would otherwise have done. I know she wants me to play Santa to all her friends one day at least.

I’ve been knitting frantically for the past few of weeks to finish Christmas presents. I’ve made a purse for my sister-in-law. I finished the actual knitting a couple of weeks ago, but it wasn’t until this past weekend that I got around to sewing up the seams and putting in the lining (which I think I made a little too big, but by the time I figured it out, I was so far into it that I couldn’t bear the thought of starting over (again – the first try was too small)). My other project was a scarf for mum’s friend Natalie, which I also finished last weekend. I took both patterns from my “knitting pattern a day ” calendar. I’ve been pulling out the patterns I like and storing them in one of my notebooks. I was pleased to be able to use a couple of them. I’d post pictures of them, only I haven’t been able to find my camera for several weeks now.

I’ve finished both the projects I was working on for LibriVox. I finished Pride and Prejudice over Thanksgiving weekend, and Novelas Cortas the following week. Now I’m working on another of the Scarlet Pimpernel books, The Elusive Pimpernel. At this rate, I may end up doing all of them (that are on gutenberg, anyway). I got the new MCC continuing ed schedule in the mail last week, and I saw that one of the seminars they’re offering is about doing voice over work. I’m seriously considering signing up for it.

I went to see August Rush and Enchanted around Thanksgiving. I really liked them both. I’ve gotten to the point where I usually just wait for a movie to come out on dvd before watching it, but there are a few that intrigue me enough that I’m willing to shell out five bucks for a matinee.


Bombshell? Me?? OK.


Starting off the year


  1. I haven’t read youre blog yet and have no idee who you are, accept that you have a wonderfull voice and it is a joy to listen to you. Thank you!

    I listen to youre reading while evaluating sleepgraph’s in patients with sleep-disorders. Finished The scalet pimpernel yesterday, just started The little princess today.You have fan in the neteherlands,

    Greetings Irma van Velzen

  2. Jimmy Shreeves

    Karen, I also haven’t read your blog, but I thoroughly enjoyed The Scarlet Pimpernel! You are incredibly gifted, and I thank you for taking the time to record your voice. I have started and am equally enjoying Pride and Prejudice.

    I just wanted to extend my compliments and thank you for your labor!

  3. I loved your audio of Pride and Prejudice on Librivox! Thank you so much for the time and talent that you put into it!

  4. I just finished listening to The Scarlet Pimpernel. I LOVED listening to it! You’re such a fantastic reader! I had to go photograph a wedding with 13 minutes of the book left (right a dramatic moment, of course) and slipped away during parts to keep listening. Thank you for all your work!

  5. Gill Cooper

    Hi Karen, I am coming to the end of your Pride and Prejudice recording and I have enjoyed it so much. You have a wonderful reading voice and I shall certainly be looking for your other recordings.

  6. Hi, Karen. I love your “Pride and prejudice”! It’s probably the best audio-book I’ve ever listened to. Thanks a lot for putting it on Librivox!

  7. Wonderful rendition of Pride and Predjudice. I have listened to several chapters thus far and I am impressed. I have recommended your readings to several of my co-workers. As librarians, we enjoy books in all forms (of course) I just wish that I knew of a recording contract for you!

    My wife is a huge Jane Austin fan and thinks that you gave and excellent performance. Remember now, this is from a rabid fan. Very rabid.

    Anyway, I appreciate your generosity. Good luck with your voice career.

    Kerry Douglas

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